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How Not to Write About Africa

By most accounts, the American media don't do a very good job covering Africa. Headlines tend to be dominated by violence and political intrigue. The few American journalists reporting on the continent have massive beats, spanning dozens of countries and thousands of miles. But coverage is also influenced by subtler, more insidious factors. We explore how development organizations, local "fixers," and the economics of newsgathering skewer our understanding of the continent.

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